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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Jay Carney
White House Press Secretary
CSPAN 06/11/2013
Reporter: Senator Wyden said of the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, that he quote, “didn't give straight answers on the N.S.A. surveillance” during a hearing that took place in March. The President has called for open and honest debate. I think Wyden said specifically that the American people have the right to expect straight answers from intelligence leadership to questions asked by the representatives. Is the President satisfied that the American people are getting straight answers from their leadership when it comes to American intelligence? Carney: Well he certainly believes that Director Clapper has been straight and direct and the answers that he’s given and has actively engaged in an effort to provide more information about the programs that have been revealed through the leak of classified information. Reporter: Even James Clapper said that it was the least untruthful statement. He acknowledged that it wasn’t
Jay Carney
White House Press Secretary
CSPAN 06/11/2013
Carney: Well I'm not sure which statement you’re talking about. Reporter: The statement I was referring to in the March hearing where he was asked specifically whether all, I have the direct language, “Does the U.S. collects any type of data of all of the millions of Americans,” and he said the answer to that was “No” and he sort of amended it but in the conversation with Andrea Mitchell this weekend he said it was the “least untruthful answer” he could have given. Carney: Well, I think Director Clapper has in the last week, has demonstrated and has been aggressive in providing as much information as possible to the American people, to the press about these very sensitive and very important programs that are authorized by Congress under section 702 and section 215 of the Patriot Act, a public statute. A much debated public statute that has been passed into law and re-authorized I believe three times by Congress with bipartisan majorities. And I would point you to the statements
Jay Carney
White House Press Secretary
CSPAN 06/11/2013
Carney continued: by Congress with bipartisan majorities. And I would point you to the statements and documents that have been put out by the ODNI that demonstrate the effort that he has undertaken to provide significant amount of information on these programs given the revelations that we have seen.
James Clapper (quoted)
Director of National Intelligence
CSPAN2 02/18/2014
Henry: on national security. James Clapper, you probably saw comments he made to "The Daily Beast" where he at one point said he said quote Clapper (quoted): “I probably shouldn't say this but I will. Had we been transparent about this from the outset right after 9/11,” Henry: which is the genesis of the 215 program, he’s talking about the metadata and said both to the American people and their elected representatives, we need to cover this gap. He said if we have been more transparent "we wouldn't have these problems." That Edward Snowden's leak's wouldn’t have had as much of an impact on the American people if the intelligence community had been more transparent. Does the President agree with that assessment? Carney: Well, I certainly don't think that Director Clapper is saying anything that should come as a surprise. I mean he’s going all the way back to the event that led to the creation of some of these programs. Henry: He’s talking about both administrations I should point out.
Jay Carney
White House Press Secretary
CSPAN2 02/18/2014
Carney: Well I think you have seen in what the President has done and the steps that he’s taken that he absolutely shares the view that we need to enact reforms and take steps that provide more transparency to the American people and in a way that gives them more confidence that the intelligence gathering we engage in is done with full oversight and in accordance with the constitution and the law and it's done solely with the aim of protecting the American people and protecting the interest of the United States.
Jay Carney
White House Press Secretary
CSPAN2 03/18/2014
Reporter: The Washington Post is now reporting that the NSA has the ability to not only collect metadata about phone calls made and numbers but that the calls themselves are recorded and can be played back. These calls from foreign countries. Can you comment on that? Carne: I can't. I haven’t seen the report and don't have a response to it except to say that we don't, as a general rule, comment on every specific allegation or report. We made clear that activity the NSA and the intelligence community engages in. The fact that they are bound by our laws and the oversight of three branches of government. We also note as I did the other day the steps that the President announced in January to significantly reform our activity in order to provide the American people even greater assurance about these programs. But I don't have anything specific on that report.
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